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66                                        FLORA  INDICA.

was occupied on the task about two years, during which time,
in addition to the important investigations in physical science
which occupied his attention, he thoroughly explored the flora
of the province, carefully noting the range of each spcdes.
He was joined by Mr. Wintcrbottom in 1818, and they tra-
velled together in Tibet. -Their joint collections, amounting
to 2000 species, were distributed, in 1852-3, to the Hookcruiu
Herbarium, the British Museum, the Linnean Society, and
some foreign museums; and the scientific results are now in
course of publication. The beautiful preservation of the spe-
cimens, and the fullness and accuracy with which they arc
ticketed, render this herbarium the most valuable for its size
that has ever been distributed from India; and we btvg here
to record our sense of the great benefit that has been rendered
to botanical science by the disinterested labours of these in-
defatigable and accomplished collectors.

9. The herbarium of Dr. Arnott at Glasgow is particularly
rich in Indian plants, and especially valuable aa containing the
materials from which the/ Prodromus Plonc Pcuinsulse1 was
elaborated,    fts distance has prevented our having it in our
power to consult it regularly, but l)r. Anvott has been good
enough to afford us his assistance in making comparisons in
every case of difficulty.   This has been to us a most mate-
rial benefit, as we have not hesitated to apply to him in all
doubtful points.

10. The extensive herbarium of Mr, Bcntham, our greatest
descriptive botanist, has in like manner been readily accessible
to us by the kindness of its owner*.   In addition to its value
as an authentically-named collection, — iu whioh respect it is,
we believe, in proportion to its size, qr.ite unrivalled,- -this
herbarium contains a number of'Smportaut contribution** from
Indian botanists.   We have consulted, it for the orders in-
eluded iu the present part, and hope to continue to do so in

* Wliilat ityKe page* havo been pawing Uiroiigh the press, Mr* Bent tarn's
H< 'bririum has become tlio property of th« Bojal Gardens at Kew, through Uw
disinterested liberality of it*